ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH 45817
October 17, 2021
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Rev. Katherine Beckett (567-226-1009) Church (419-358-5641)
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Prelude “Adagio in Classic Style” David Hegarty
*Call to Worship
One: Power and might and majesty belong to God who created and is creating.
Many: Thanks be to God for God’s mighty wonders.
One: Like the image of the powerful wind, and heavens as a garment, God’s majesty is revealed in all creation.
Many: We look around us at the wonders and marvel at the infinite variety and beauty which God has created.
One: Who are we, that God should pay attention to us?
Many: We are God’s beloved children, the stewards whom God has selected to care for God’s world. AMEN.
Lord, everywhere we look we see the imprint of your creative
love. The wondrous works of nature show your majesty. As we
gather today to celebrate your love and creation, keep us
mindful that we are part of that created order, meant to be
stewards and not destroyers. Prepare us to work for you in
ministries of peace and justice. AMEN.
*Opening Hymn “How Great Thou Art” P. 51 (vs. 1, 2, 4)
Time with the Children
Prayer of Confession
We can get caught up in selfish pursuits and completely over-look the wonders of your creation, O God. All around us are majestic reminders of the beauty you offer to us. But we are weak and easily trapped into attitudes of indifference or destructive behavior. You have not given this world to us that we should destroy it, but rather that we should cherish it and make sure that all receive from its bounty. Forgive our overwhelming greed and selfishness. Help us to let go of the petty desires for wealth, position, and power, and bring us into a ministry which proclaims your love and justice for all your people. These things we pray in the name of the Master Servant, Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
Words of Assurance
Hymn “This Is My Father’s World” P. 21 (All verses)
Prayer for Illumination
Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us, may the Spirit
of God rest upon us. Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in
our speaking, in our believing and in our living. Amen.
Reading from Hebrew Wisdom Literature Job 38:1-7; 34-41
Reading from the Gospel Mark 10:35-45
Sermon “Freedom Within Boundaries” Rev. Katherine Beckett
*Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” P. 502 (All verses)
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
*Closing Hymn “God of the Ages…” P. 728 (vs. 1, 2, 4)
*Postlude “Chaconne in Ancient Style” Robert J. Powell
*Please stand if you are able.
The psalmist invites us: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise” (Psalm 66:1-2, NRSV). Welcome to worship at St. John’s UCC!
The flowers this Sunday are given by John and Ann Nye in honor of their 49th wedding anniversary. Congratulations and God’s blessings!
Our condolences are extended to Heather and Jason Cox and their family upon the passing of Heather’s grandfather, Donald Thompson, on October 9, 2021. Services will take place on Monday, October 18, at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, with a family luncheon to follow in Oppermann Hall.
Next Sunday, October 24, family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Leigh Ann Alspach who passed away
in December 2020. The service begins at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. John’s UCC. Weather permitting, following the service, there will be a reception on Main Street where a yellow bench has been placed in her memory.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 29, Drive-thru Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30 to 6:30? p.m., at St. John’s. Check with Connie Kempf if you are willing to help.
The ladies will continue to meet in Oppermann Hall on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 to work on the blankets and bears projects You may bring your own refreshments if you wish.
Men will meet at Arby’s Wednesday, October 20, at 8:30 a.m.
On Sunday, October 31, St. John’s will celebrate Harvest Home. “Come, ye thankful people, come; raise the song of harvest home.” –Henry Alford
Also on Sunday, October 31, at 2 p.m., in Oppermann Hall, St. John’s will host Bridge lessons for beginners and those needing a brush-up. If interested, contact Ruth Odenweiller at 419-303-4940.
Attendance for Sunday, October 17, was 34 persons.